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ISOC denies power transfer from NCPO

 

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BANGKOK (NNT) - Internal Security Operations Command spokesman Maj Gen Thanathip Sawangsaeng, has denied that the ISOC had violated human rights provisions and says the agency has no authority to summon anyone for ’’attitude adjustment.’’

 

The ISOC spokesman said the now-defunct National Council for Peace and Order had not transferred its authority to the ISOC to the extent that it might practically summon anyone for interrogation. Such NCPO authority was based on the Internal Security Act of 2008. The ISOC uses the law only in case of reported threats to national security. A provincial ISOC branch which is directed by the provincial governor and assisted by civilian officials in charge of security affairs may enforce the law for such specific security reasons.

 

The Internal Security Act has not been enforced just to summon anyone for interrogation or detention. That is different from the NCPO’s authority. The ISOC answers to the Prime Minister’s Office and not the armed forces. The ISOC cannot operate in violation of human rights. The Internal Security Act by no means constitutes the authority to summon anyone who may have opposing political views.

 

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9 hours ago, webfact said:

The ISOC answers to the Prime Minister’s Office and not the armed forces.

Semantics?

According to the Internal Security Act, B.E. 2551 (2008)

See http://thailaws.com/law/t_laws/tlaw0342.pdf

Section 5:

  • The Commander-in-Chief of the Army shall be Deputy Director of Internal Security.
  • The Chief of Staff of the Army shall be the Secretary of ISOC with the duty to take responsibility for the direction and activity of ISOC.
  • The Deputy Director, Assistant Director, and Secretary of ISOC have power to command government servants, officers and employees in ISOC as deputies of the Director, and have other powers and duties as assigned by the Director.

Section 11:

  • A Regional ISOC shall report directly to ISOC; the Commander of the Regional Army shall be the Regional Director of Internal Security with duty and responsibility to support the maintenance of internal security within the territory of responsibility of the regional army, as the Director assigns.
  • The director of a Regional ISOC shall have command over government servants, officers, and employees who have been ordered to work within the Regional ISOC, and shall take responsibility for the implementation of the work of the Regional ISO

And many more ominous powers under the auspices of military command.

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17 hours ago, webfact said:

Maj Gen Thanathip Sawangsaeng, has denied that the ISOC had violated human rights provisions and says the agency has no authority to summon anyone for ’’attitude adjustment.’’

Isn't it now called "Character Modification" and delivered with baseball bats?

 

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17 hours ago, webfact said:

The ISOC cannot operate in violation of human rights.

Implies that the NCPO could, doesn't it? BTW where are all the victims?

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He's a Major General, in uniform, but he doesn't answer to the armed forces. Does anyone see anything wrong with this picture?

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Well, he's not lying. They're not just going to summon "anyone" in for interrogation. 

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